Gorgeous styling. Long held as the automaker that makes some of the prettiest vehicles on the road, the 2019 Mazda Mazda6 continues the trend with a striking design. Unlike competitors that have switched to edgier, more jagged designs, the Mazda6 features swoops, curves, and clean lines for an organic and upscale look.

Smack a badge from a full-on luxury brand onto the Mazda6, and the car will easily fool some into thinking this is a much more expensive model. No mid-size sedan deserves to look this good.

Impressive safety. For 2019, Mazda bolstered the Mazda6's safety features. All now come with the automaker's i-ACTIVSENSE suite of safety features as standard.

Standard safety features include a rearview camera, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, automatic emergency braking, forward collision warning, pedestrian detection, adaptive cruise control with stop and go, lane keeping assist, and automatic high beams.

Capable performance. The Mazda6 is available with two engines. The base motor is a 2.5-liter inline-four that generates 187 horsepower and 186 pound-feet of torque. Grand Touring trims and higher come with a turbocharged 2.5-liter engine that's good for 250 hp and 310 lb-ft of torque. While the engines provide the Mazda6 with a competitive amount of power, its handling is truly inspiring.

On the open road, the Mazda6 is a lush cruiser, soaking up bumps and doling out a soft and comfortable ride over long trips. Around corners, the steering is sharp, body roll is kept to a minimum, and there's fluidity to the way it moves. When it comes to handling, few can compete with the Mazda6, as it's a segment leader.

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Pricey, in more ways than one. While the Mazda6's base price of $24,720 is on par for the mid-size segment, pricing tops out at $36,020 for the Signature trim. While the Mazda6 feels like it's worth it, there's no denying that $36k for a mid-size sedan is expensive.

You'll spend a pretty penny at the gas pump, too. With the standard 2.5-liter engine, the Mazda6 is rated by the EPA to get 26 miles per gallon city, 35 mpg highway, and 29 combined. Going with the turbocharged engine brings fuel economy of 23/31/26 mpg (city/highway/combined).

Final thoughts. If there's one mid-size sedan that can change your mind about switching from a crossover or SUV, it's the 2019 Mazda Mazda6. Luxurious, comfortable, and fun to drive, the Mazda6 highlights all of the best qualities of a sedan. It's also one of the best-looking cars on the road.

Safe? Check. Punchy engine? Check. Space for five? Check. While we're extremely happy with the way the Mazda6 handles, rides, and looks, we're left wanting more performance from the engine and better fuel economy. A hybrid model down the road would be a great addition to the lineup. It's only been a year since Mazda cut the manual transmission from the lineup, but we already miss it.

When it comes to competitors, both the Honda Accord and the Toyota Camry have hybrid versions, but you don't have to go with an electrified version to get better fuel economy than the Mazda6, as regular variants are more efficient. The Nissan Altima has a trick variable compression engine and available all-wheel drive.

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